Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Mexican hat in autumn

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Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera) in central Texas typically reaches its colonial peak in May. That said, individual plants can often be seen flowering here for the rest of the year. So it was on October 6th along Rain Creek Parkway in my neighborhood, where I found a modest group of them.

At the top, you see a Mexican hat inflorescence beginning to form on a gracefully curving stalk. The other two views show a fresh flower head from above and from the side.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 22, 2021 at 4:33 AM

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  1. Great detail and colour.


    November 22, 2021 at 6:02 AM

  2. This trio of images just made my morning! You know Mexican hat is one of my favorite wildflowers, and since we did not have a grand show of them in the orchard this year, I am thankful to enjoy seeing yours.

    Good news stories have the ability to change our perspective. I’ll take all of the “positive” I can get these days!


    November 22, 2021 at 8:01 AM

    • We know the 3M company for its many products, but now you have the MMM of “made my morning.” SS is happy to have provided you the MMM today. It’s a small compensation for your below-average year of Mexican hats. Down here 2020 was excellent for them, and 2021 at least average—which still means we had plenty of them.

      As many troubles as I’ve been revealing in recent commentaries, I remembered to look toward some positives as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 22, 2021 at 9:22 AM

  3. These hats look great especially against the dark background.

    Peter Klopp

    November 22, 2021 at 8:47 AM

  4. This is a great study, and I love the textures and details.


    November 22, 2021 at 10:25 AM

  5. Beautiful Mexican Hats and good news! I’ve bookmarked the site. Thank you!!!

    Lavinia Ross

    November 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM

  6. Three nice shots. The 2nd one really looks like a pretty nice piece of jewelry.

    Robert Parker

    November 22, 2021 at 3:26 PM

  7. I’ve been a follower of GNN for years – I love reading about the wonderful things folks do. It gives balance and hope.

    Eliza Waters

    November 22, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    • You’re the first person I’ve run across who was familiar with the Good News Network. How nice that you’ve been reading its stories for years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 22, 2021 at 8:03 PM

  8. The top-down view is especially pleasing, but the first photo’s my favorite. I presume that flash helped to create that unusual greenish-silver tone, and the sense of a metallic texture. The stem is particularly interesting; it looks rather like chainmail.


    November 23, 2021 at 6:38 AM

    • You’re right about flash, which I used in all three of these portraits so I could stop down for increased depth of field. The greenish silver tone you described seems typical to me of the early stage in the development of a Mexican hat flower head. The long and gently curving stem inveigled me into making the portrait.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 23, 2021 at 7:31 AM

  9. Mexican Hat three ways. It’s nice that you have some flowers with a long blooming period.

    Steve Gingold

    November 25, 2021 at 7:38 AM

  10. I like the flowering progress of these, but there’s something especially appealing about the ring of yellow in that second image. It makes me think of a jewellery ring – but nicer!

    Ann Mackay

    November 25, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    • If nothing else, the floral ring in the second picture costs a lot less that what you’d pay in a jewelry store.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 25, 2021 at 5:30 PM

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